Was There Life on Mars?

Darbi Nash, News Writer

NASA confirmed at 3:55 p.m. ET on February 18, 2021, that the NASA Perseverance rover perfectly and safely landed on Mars after its 292.5 million-mile journey from Earth. The rover, leaving nearly six months ago, sent images of the landing site almost immediately as it landed.

“The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring and advancing science and exploration. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s,” exclaimed NASA’s Administrator Steve Jurczyk. Perseverance will be the first-ever to record sounds on the Red Planet and the first to have a helicopter flight on another planet. 

The purpose of Perseverance is to explore the “signs of ancient life on Mars.” The rover will be exploring the Jezero Crater, in the site of what is to be believed as an ancient lake that existed well over 3.9 billion years ago, looking for and collecting microfossils and soil.

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This revolutionary rover landing opens up many doors in the science world, bringing us one step closer to learning if there was life on our neighboring Red Planet.